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Reference: 81819

Date Added: 22 December 2021
Closing Date: 17 January 2022

Job Title: Public Affairs Officer (Scotland)

Working For: Cancer Research UK

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: Up to £26,000 per annum

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

We need you to act as Cancer Research UK’s primary contact in the Scottish Parliament, providing a full-time public affairs presence to: manage a full Scottish Parliament engagement programme, including acting as secretariat for the Cross Party Group on Cancer; regularly brief elected members; monitor parliamentary activity and share intelligence; link with cross-cutting central office activities; support development of nation-specific communications and materials including assistance with policy development; and represent the charity at external meetings and in external coalitions.

What will I be doing?

  • React swiftly to parliamentary business, briefing as appropriate and using tools such as parliamentary questions (PQs) where useful
  • Manage production of local public affairs and campaigning materials for elections and wider political engagement
  • Meet and brief MSPs individually as required
  • Manage rolling MSP contact programme including shop and/or centre visits, regular mailings and individual or group meetings
  • Act as secretary to the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Cancer
  • Manage party conference attendance programme, including budget, print and logistics
  • Create and deliver social media engagement strategies for devolved nations
  • Support influencing activity on policy priorities
  • Lead policy development projects when required
  • Work with other third sector organisations in areas of mutual policy interest
  • Develop and maintain a policy priorities and messaging portfolio

What skills are you looking for?


  • Good understanding and experience of the Scottish Parliament (or one of the devolved nations)
  • Demonstrable political interest and judgement, with commitment to neutrality and ability to work across the political spectrum
  • Ability to quickly understand, summarise and analyse complex (policy) issues and distill for a range of internal and external audiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to adapt style to different audiences
  • Strong organisational skills and experience of managing a complex workload, with tight deadlines and often changing priorities
  • Good influencing skills and confident managing challenging stakeholder relationships, including in coalition
  • Adaptable self-starter with the ability to work remotely and in self-directed way as part of a larger team

Closing Date: 17 January 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Advert will close 11:59.

Application Details

Please apply here:  


Application method: Please complete the anonymous application form and attach a covering letter, making sure all of your experience is included so that we are able to effectively shortlist.

If you have any questions please contact recruitment@cancer.org.uk

Website: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org

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